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Dec 16, 2002

Dec 16, 2002

Half of second target group for smallpox shots may refuse them, officials estimate

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials project that about half of the estimated 10 million health and emergency response workers targeted for the second round of smallpox vaccinations will refuse the shots.

Dec 12, 2002

Dec 12, 2002

Some health workers, troops likely to get smallpox shots soon; public in 2004

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush tomorrow will announce a plan to begin vaccinating military personnel and front-line healthcare workers against smallpox early next year and to offer the vaccine to the public in 2004, according to reports from major news organizations today.

Dec 05, 2002

Dec 05, 2002

With smallpox vaccination campaign likely, CDC seeks to expand VIG supply

(CIDRAP News) – As the likelihood of a large-scale smallpox vaccination program grows, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking to expand the government's limited supply of vaccinia immune globulin (VIG), the mainstay of treatment for severe reactions to the vaccine.

Nov 14, 2002

Nov 14, 2002

HHS to study whether chronic wasting disease threatens humans

Editor's note: This story was updated Nov 15 to include additional information from Food and Drug Administration officials.

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have announced plans to expand research on whether chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk poses a threat to humans and other species.

Oct 03, 2002

Oct 03, 2002

FDA cites mung bean sprouts in renewing warning against eating raw sprouts

(CIDRAP News) Ð Citing six illnessoutbreaks over the past 2 1/2 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasupdated its warning about the dangers of eating raw or lightly cooked sproutsto include mung bean sprouts as well as alfalfa sprouts.

Sep 20, 2002

Sep 20, 2002

Listeriosis outbreak in Pennsylvania under investigation

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are trying to identify the source of a listeriosis outbreak that has involved at least 26 cases, with four deaths, in Pennsylvania and neighboring states in recent weeks.

Aug 02, 2002

Aug 02, 2002

Lettuce blamed in E coli O157:H7 outbreak affecting dozens in Washington state

(CIDRAP News) – At least 32 people suffered Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in a July outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce distributed in the Spokane, Wash., area, according to local and federal health officials.

Jul 01, 2002

Jul 01, 2002

Pentagon will turn over part of anthrax vaccine supply for civilian use

July 1, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – About half of the nation's supply of anthrax vaccine—previously dedicated almost entirely to military use—will henceforward be set aside for civilian use in the event of another anthrax attack, federal defense and health officials announced Jun 28.

Jun 13, 2002

Jun 13, 2002

New bioterrorism law aims to boost public health, guard food and water

(CIDRAP News) – President George W. Bush yesterday signed a far-reaching bioterrorism bill designed to strengthen the public health system, tighten controls on dangerous pathogens, and protect the nation’s food and water supplies.

 

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

Congress approves wide-ranging bioterrorism preparedness bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US House and Senate this week approved legislation providing for a wide range of bioterrorism preparedness measures, from funds for hospital preparedness to tracking of dangerous pathogens and increased inspections of imported food.

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